Top Morning News 01.11.13

Jan 11, 2013

Study results reveal continuing disparities in minority youth detention rates; Brownback names interim secretary for Department of Administration; Community leaders meet to discuss legislative priorities.

Racial Disparities Persist In Sedgwick County Juvenile Justice System

The results of a state commissioned study on minority youth representation in the juvenile justice system were presented Thursday to community members.


Brownback Names Interim Secretary For Department Of Administration

Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed Mark McGivern as interim secretary of the Department of Administration.

Brownback named McGivern as the temporary replacement for Dennis Taylor, who is leaving to become executive director of the Kansas Lottery. A permanent secretary is expected to be named soon.

McGivern currently directs the Office of Facilities and Property Management within the Department of Administration. The department oversees state purchasing, upkeep of state office buildings and computer and phone services for state agencies.

Community Leaders Set Priorities For Legislative Session

The South Central Delegation held their annual meeting Thursday. The delegation heard from local business, government, and community leaders.


Emporia To Allow Armed Security Guards

Many Kansas school districts are re-evaluating their safety protocols in the wake of recent school shooting nation-wide.

Emporia's school district's board of education voted this week to allow its security guards, who are school employees, to carry guns starting in February.

Emporia's officers will be required to have law enforcement experience, be certified with a 70 percent target practice accuracy, get 20 hours of law enforcement training every year, and follow legal "use of force" protocols.

Other Kansas districts already have armed school resource officers. They share those costs with local law enforcement agencies.